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The biblical concept of love...

I've been doing doctrinal study of the Westminster Larger Catechism, as well as general readings from various Augustinian, Lutheran and Jansenist writers on the subject of love and how it applies in Christian living, and I think there is a fundamental misunderstanding in how the opening poster has framed the concept, which is reflective of a broader problem in American theology.

Orthodox Christianity in the Western Church (predominantly Augustinian) teaches that the expression of love that one owes both to God and his fellow man is rendered through keeping the law (John 14:15), thus it is not some mere emotional statement of affection (though a lawful obedience to the moral law does govern one's affections), nor does it mean that one show blanket mercy to all moral and legal infractions (see Romans 13:4).

You can't real separate love from justice, so while Christ's sermon in Matthew 5-7 gives a general impression of mere passive resistance (square this with Luke 22:36 without obfuscating it the way the Mennonites and the Quakers do), the reality must be seen in context alongside Christ's teachings regarding the moral law (Matthew 5:18 alludes the law, so referring back to the Old Testament is called for in the interest of full context, though many of the positive laws found in the Ceremonial and Judicial practices of Israel were subject to revision to account the end of Israel's national covenant with God).

In light of this, one can logically deduce that the Boston Bombers, being guilty of murder, can and should be subject to execution. Having compassion on them would entail giving them access to spiritual council before their execution (this would entail a Christian preacher, which I know the PC crowd is going to whine about) and also utilizing a fast and humane mode of execution, though arguably also a public one to further demonstrate to others what the consequences of striking at the image of God will bring.

That's it, in a nutshell, I look forward to getting a lot of flack from Christian liberals and other assorted persons about how the death penalty is unchristian (Read the parable in Luke 19 and pay attention to verse 27), but this would be the position of the early church fathers and a person of a similar nature during their time would have been handed over to the governing authorities for their crimes.

“My attitude toward progress has passed from antagonism to boredom. I have long ceased to argue with people who prefer Thursday to Wednesday because it is Thursday.” - G.K. Chesterton